houston astros vs atlanta braves predictions and preview

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MLB houston astros vs atlanta braves predictions and preview


 

 

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The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros continue the World Series with a crucial Game 6 matchup at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. The Astros avoided elimination with a 9-5 victory in Game 5. The Braves are expected to send Max Fried to the mound for this pivotal game while the Astros counter with Luis Garcia. The Astros open Game 6 as slight home favorites.

 

Fried Toes the Rubber

After getting a first-inning grand slam from Adam Duvall that sent Truist Park in a frenzy, the Braves were unable to contain the Astros star bats as they fell 9-5 on Sunday in Game 5. Atlanta had been 7-0 at home in the postseason, and a boisterous crowd inside Truist Park and the packed plaza outside came early hoping to celebrate its first championship since 1995. They’ll get another opportunity on the road on Tuesday.

 

Max Fried is lined up to start Game 6 of the World Series in another close-out game for Atlanta. The dynamic 27-year-old southpaw was lit up for six runs on seven hits across five innings last Wednesday in the Braves' Game 2 loss. He's allowed 11 runs on 15 hits across 9 2/3 frames over his last two postseason starts. Needless to say, this will be the most important start of his professional career. Rest assured, if he does not have his best stuff don’t expect him to last the five innings he pitched in Game 2.

 

Astros Stars Shine

Star shortstop Carlos Correa doubled and had two singles as the Astros managed to avoid elimination with a 9-5 victory on the road in Game 5. A night earlier, the Astros went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position in a 3-2 loss. That left Correa at 2 for 14 overall in the series and Alex Bregman worse at 1 for 14. Bregman went 1 for 4 with a clutch RBI that helped Houston start their rally. It was a promising performance that will surely incite a wave of momentum for Game 6.

The Astros went to Jose Urquidy in relief to get the Game 5 win on Sunday. For that reason, they will have to turn to Luis Garcia for the Game 6 ball at home. Manager Dusty Baker noted that he had hoped to avoid going to right-hander Jose Urquidy in relief during Sunday's Game 5 victory, with the expectation that he would start Game 6, but he wound up pitching an inning and earning the victory in the contest. With that being said, Jose only threw 14 pitches. While it sounds like Garcia will earn the start, pitching on just three days of rest, expect Urquidy to be available as well in an all-hands-on-deck situation for the Astros.





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